As the end of hectic week for student news draws to a close, Young Academic can bring you some light relief with a another wickedly cool series of events! Winter Sessions is a unique collection of events throughout the French Alps, where music, art and snowsports collide. Celebrating the spirit of the mountains and spreading the good times vibes, Winter Sessions presents over 30 events including 4 tours across 3 resorts culminating in one big weekender.
The explosive Alpine parties have been built year on year since 2004, combining carefully crafted programming with a personalized friendly feel to create some of the most exciting and fresh events to be found in the Alps recently.
The Winter Sessions Tour launches in December with a sterling international line up of artists creating dance-‘til-you-drop events, attracting seasonaires, residents and tourists from all over the globe. This season, Winter Sessions has teamed up with the renowned Dick’s Tea Bar venues in Meribel and Val D’Isere that have both been newly refurbished under their new ownership ready for a storming season of gigs and parties.
The first stop on the Winter Sessions Tour is Chamonix on the 21st December with the return of the masters of mash-up, The Nextmen who will be up to their usual antics laying down a jumping eclectic set of every musical genre you can think of. The first tour is closely followed by a massive New Year’s Eve party headlined by Jon Kennedy of Grand Central Records backed up by Brighton (UK) beat boy of Bumpatrunk Collective, Colin ‘Russ’ Read – a hidden gem discovered and brought to the Alps with a set guaranteed to keep the crowd glued to the dance floor.
The Tour continues into 2011, promising to deliver more feel good factor as the godfather of disco, house and soul descends on the mountains. West London born, Norman Jay MBE, will be gracing the decks of Winter Sessions not once but twice this season! “I am looking forward to bring the Good Times to the Winter Sessions tour this year – catch me in January and looking forward to the Weekender again in April”. NORMAN JAY MBE. Alongside legends like this, hugely popular East London Dalston crew, Disco Bloodbath will be blasting out the sounds with a DJ set, continuing the disco tracks with an electro twist.
The Tour travels to Chamonix, Meribel and Val D’Isere once a month from December to March, paving the way for the Winter Sessions Weekender in Chamonix which takes place in April. The three day boutique festival has been dubbed as the best kept secret in the Alps, nestled in one of the most stunning locations in the world. Chamonix Mont Blanc is the third most visited natural site in the world and provides an inspirational backdrop to the three days of festival snow fuelled action across the Mont Blanc Massif.
The Tour lineup is a musical appetizer for the Weekender festival which announces its first acts later this month. The festival takes place in spring time; a perfect time of year where the snow is still on the mountains and the sunshine is amazing – and this season, it coincides with the Easter holidays. With the Royal Wedding now confirmed, festival goers from the UK can take advantage of back to back bank holidays taking just three days off work for ten consecutive days on holiday – and partying at 2000m in between catching a run or two seems like a damn fine way to spend it!
The Winter Sessions Weekender festival will take place over the Easter weekend; Friday 22nd April to Sunday 24th April 2011.